Conrad Weiser High School

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Conrad Weiser High School
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Conrad Weiser Athletic Logo
Address
44 Big Spring Road
Robesonia, Pennsylvania, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States 19551
Information
School type Secondary
School district Conrad Weiser Area School District
Superintendent Dr. Randall Grove [1]
Principal Robert Galtere[2]
 • Grade 9 237 students in 2011, 261 (2009)[3]
 • Grade 10 231 students in 2011, 265 (2009)
 • Grade 11 258 students in 2011, 266 (2009)
 • Grade 12 245 students in 2011, 260 (2009)
Color(s) Navy Blue and White
Mascot Scouts
Feeder schools Conrad Weiser Middle School
Website

Conrad Weiser High School is a public high school in Robesonia, Berks County, Pennsylvania and is part of the Conrad Weiser Area School District. It serves students in grades 912 in South Heidelberg Township, Heidelberg Township, North Heidelberg Township and Marion Township and the Boroughs of Wernersville, Robesonia and Womelsdorf.[4] Eight properties in a housing development in West Cocalico in Lancaster County also attend the high school.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2010, Conrad Weiser High School reported an enrollment of 971 pupils in grades 9–12, with 257 pupils eligible for a federal free or reduced-price lunch due to the family meeting the federal poverty level. The school is not a federally designated Title I school.

Conrad Weiser High School employed 69 teachers, yielding a student–teacher ratio of 14:1.[5] According to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 12 classes were taught by teachers who were rated "Non‐Highly Qualified" under No Child Left Behind.[6]

Graduation rate[edit]

In 2011, the graduation rate at Conrad Weiser High School declined to 86%.[7] In 2011, Conrad Weiser High School's graduation rate was 88%. In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4-year cohort graduation rate. Conrad Weiser High School's rate was 88% for 2010.[8]

According to traditional graduation rate calculations:

High school[edit]

In 2012, Conrad Weiser High School declined to Corrective Action Level I due to chronic, low student achievement in reading and mathematics.[13] In 2011, Conrad Weiser High School was in Making Progress in School Improvement Level II with lagging student achievement in reading and math. The high school was in "School Improvement Level II" due to chronic, low student achievement. Students may transfer to another high school where available.[14]

PSSA Results
11th Grade Reading
  • 2012 - 67% on grade level (15% below basic). State - 67% of 11th graders are on grade level.[15]
  • 2011 - 68% (18% below basic). State - 69.1%[16]
  • 2010 - 69% (19% below basic). State - 66%[17]
  • 2009 - 68% (17% below basic), State - 65% [18]
  • 2008 - 70% (14% below basic), State - 65%[19]
  • 2007 - 73% (13% below basic), State - 65% [20]
11th Grade Math
  • 2012 - 64% on grade level (20% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level.[21]
  • 2011 - 63% (21% below basic). State - 60.3% [22]
  • 2010 - 60% (24% below basic). State - 59% [23]
  • 2009 - 53% (27% below basic). State - 56%[24]
  • 2008 - 55% (22% below basic). State - 56% [25]
  • 2007 - 62% (18% below basic). State - 53%[26]
11th Grade Science
  • 2012 - 47% on grade level (13% below basic). State - 42% of 11th graders were on grade level.[27]
  • 2011 - 39% (20% below basic). State - 40%[28]
  • 2010 - 41% (18% below basic), State - 39%[29]
  • 2009 - 41% (18% below basic). State - 40%[30]
  • 2008 - 40% (12% below basic). State - 39%

Science in Motion Conrad Weiser High School does not take advantage of a state program called Science in Motion which brings college professors and sophisticated science equipment to the school to raise science awareness and to provide inquiry-based experiences for the students. The Science in Motion program was funded by a state appropriation and cost the school nothing to participate.[31] Ursinus College provides the experiences to schools in t he region.

College remediation[edit]

According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 38% of Conrad Weiser High School graduates required remediation in mathematics and or reading before they were prepared to take college level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or community colleges.[32] Less than 66% of Pennsylvania high school graduates, who enroll in a four-year college in Pennsylvania, will earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Among Pennsylvania high school graduates pursuing an associate degree, only one in three graduate in three years.[33] Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, one in three recent high school graduates who attend Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges takes at least one remedial course in math, reading or English.

Graduation requirements[edit]

The Conrad Weiser Area School Board has determined that students must earn 27 credits to graduate, including: English 4 credits, Social Studies 4 credits, Math and Science a total of 3 per subject and 1 additional credit is either one, Gym 2 credits, Health 1 credit, Arts and Humanities 2 credits and 7 elective credits.[34]

By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students must complete a project as a part of their eligibility to graduate from high school. The type of project, its rigor and its expectations are set by the individual school district.[35] Conrad Weiser High School requires students to complete a research paper, an oral presentation and a Portfolio/Product.[36] Additionally, students are required to have a minimum of twenty hours of community service to receive a diploma, and awards are given to students who complete over 100 hours of community service.[37]

By Pennsylvania School Board regulations, beginning with the class of 2017, public school students must demonstrate successful completion of secondary level course work in Algebra I, Biology, and English Literature by passing the Keystone Exams.[38][39][40] For the class of 2019, a composition exam will be added. For the class of 2020, passing a civics and government exam will be added to the graduation requirements.[41] In 2011, Pennsylvania high school students field tested the Algebra 1, Biology and English Lit exams. The statewide results were: Algebra 1 38% on grade level, Biology 35% on grade level and English Lit - 49% on grade level.[42] Individual student, school or district reports were not made public, although they were reported to district officials by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students identified as having special needs and qualifying for an Individual Educational Program (IEP) may graduate by meeting the requirements of their IEP.

SAT scores[edit]

In 2012, 169 Conrad Weiser School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 473. The Math average score was 492. The Writing average score was 456. The statewide Verbal SAT exams results were: Verbal 491, Math 501, Writing 480. In the USA, 1.65 million students took the exams achieving average scores: Verbal 496, Math 514, Writing 488. According to the College Board the maximum score on each section was 800, and 360 students nationwide scored a perfect 2,400 (800 in each section).

In 2011, 164 Conrad Weiser School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 490. The Math average score was 491. The Writing average score was 476.[43] Pennsylvania ranked 40th among states with SAT scores: Verbal 493, Math 501, Writing 479.[44] In the United States, 1.65 million students took the exam in 2011. They averaged 497 (out of 800) verbal, 514 math and 489 in writing.[45]

Classrooms for the Future grant[edit]

The Classroom for the Future state program provided districts with hundreds of thousands of extra state funding to buy laptop computers for each core curriculum high school class (English, Science, History, Math) and paid for teacher training to optimize the computers use. The program was funded from 2006 to 2009. Conrad Weiser Area School School District did not apply to participate in 2006-07. In 2007-08, the District received $304,902. The District received $55,416 in 2008-09 for a total funding of $360,318.[46] In Berks County, the highest award was given to Reading School District for $1,294,497. The highest funding statewide was awarded to Philadelphia City School District in Philadelphia County - $9,409,073. The grant program was discontinued by Governor Edward Rendell as part of the 2009-10 state budget.

Extracurriculars[edit]

The high school offers a wide variety of clubs, arts and sports activities. Eligibility to participate is determined by school board policy.

By Pennsylvania law, all K-12 students residing in the district, including those who attend a private nonpublic school, cyber charter school, charter school and those homeschooled, are eligible to participate in the extracurricular programs, including all athletics. They must meet the same eligibility rules as the students enrolled in the district's schools.[47]

Sports[edit]

The District funds:

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Administrative Team". Conrad Weiser Area School District. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  2. ^ a b c "Conrad Weiser Faculty". Conrad Weiser Area School District. Retrieved December 2008 – December 19.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data - Conrad Weiser High School, 2012
  4. ^ "Conrad Weiser Area School District". Retrieved May 1, 2007. 
  5. ^ National Center for Education Statistics, Common Care Data - Conrad Weiser High School, 2010
  6. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Professional Qualifications of Teachers Conrad Weiser High School 2012, September 21, 2012
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2012). "Conrad Weiser Area School District AYP Data Table 2012". 
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 15, 2011). "New 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate Calculation Now Being Implemented". Archived from the original on September 14, 2010. 
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. "Conrad Weiser Area School District Academic Achievement Report Card 2010 data table". Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  10. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Conrad Weiser High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2010 data table, October 20, 2010
  11. ^ The Times-Tribune (June 25, 2009). "Berks County Graduation Rates 2008". 
  12. ^ Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. "High School Graduation rate 2007". Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  13. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2012). "Conrad Weiser High School AYP Overview 2012". 
  14. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 2011). "Conrad Weiser Area School District AYP performance report". 
  15. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2012). "2011-2012 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  16. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "2010-2011 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  17. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "2010 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results". 
  18. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 14, 2010). "2009 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results". 
  19. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (August 2008). "The 2008 PSSA Mathematics and Reading School Level Proficiency Results (by Grade and School Total)". 
  20. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. "PSSA Math and Reading results by School and Grade 2007". 
  21. ^ Pittsburgh Post Gazette (October 15, 2012). "How is your school doing?". 
  22. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Conrad Weiser High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2011, September 29, 2011
  23. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Conrad Weiser High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2010, October 20, 2010
  24. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Conrad Weiser High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2009, September 14, 2009
  25. ^ "Math PSSA Scores by District 2007-08 Conrad Weiser Area School District Results". The Times-Tribune. June 25, 2009. 
  26. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Conrad Weiser High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2007, 2007
  27. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 21, 2012). "Conrad Weiser High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2012" (PDF). 
  28. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "2010-2011 PSSA results in Science". 
  29. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Science PSSA results 2010, October 2010
  30. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Science PSSA results 2009, September 2009
  31. ^ The Pennsylvania Basic Education/Higher Education Science and Technology Partnership, Science in Motion annual report, 2012
  32. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (January 2009). "Pennsylvania College Remediation Report". 
  33. ^ National Center for Education Statistics
  34. ^ Conrad Weiser School District administration. "Conrad Weiser Program of Studies" (PDF). 
  35. ^ "Pennsylvania Code §4.24 (a) High school graduation requirements". 
  36. ^ Conrad Weiser High School. "Conrad Weiser High School Graduation Project". 
  37. ^ Conrad Weiser High School administration. "Conrad Weiser Student Planner 2011" (PDF). 
  38. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Keystone Exam Overview" (PDF). 
  39. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 2011). "Pennsylvania Keystone Exams Overview". Archived from the original on March 17, 2012. 
  40. ^ Pennsylvania State Board of Education (2010). "Rules and Regulation Title 22 PA School Code CH. 4". 
  41. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, State Board of Education Finalizes Adoption of Pennsylvania Common Core State Academic Standards and High School Graduation Requirements, March 14, 2013
  42. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2011). "Keystone Exams". 
  43. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2011). "Public School SAT Scores 2011". Archived from the original on October 15, 2011. 
  44. ^ College Board (September 2011). "SAT Scores State By State - Pennsylvania". Archived from the original on October 8, 2011. 
  45. ^ "While U.S. SAT scores dip across the board, N.J. test-takers hold steady". NJ.com. September 2011. 
  46. ^ Pennsylvania Auditor General (December 22, 2008). "Classrooms for the Future grants audit" (PDF). 
  47. ^ Pennsylvania Office of the Governor Press Release (November 10, 2005). "Home-Schooled, Charter School Children Can Participate in School District Extracurricular Activities". 

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